WELCOME TO MY VERY FIRST BLOG TOUR! I have an interview with NICKI CHAPLEWAY with her book “A CERTAIN SORT OF MADNESS”! And without a further ado, here’s the interview!
NICKI: Great questions! Here are my answers 😛
What inspired you to write “A Certain Sort of Madness” story? I was inspired to write A Certain Sort of Madness when I watched Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and I was swept away by the magic and craziness of that world and those characters.
What inspired you to create your characters? With Alicia, I wanted a very Alice in Wonderland type character, kind of distant, a little crazy. Dante was a mismatch of a lot of different thoughts an inspiration, for instance Easton was originally going to be Italian and since this was a companion series, a sort of parallel to my My Time in Amar books, I decided to finally create my Italian character with Dante. I made Olivia because I needed someone who was actually sane to balance out Alicia’s craziness. Everyone else, kind of just popped into the story when they were needed.
What’s your favorite character(s) from “A Certain Sort of Madness”? Even though I love all of my characters, I would probably have to say Eugene.
What’s your favorite scene and part of the story? Oh, hmm… wow, let me think about this. I’m going to have to say probably a certain scene near the end of the book where a confession was made and then someone was stabbed and things happened, that scene was just so emotional for me, but I can’t say anymore because spoilers!
What are your favorite books, movies, music, etc? I have a lot of favorite books, movies, and music so I’m just going to state which genres I prefer to save us the hassle of an extraordinarily long answer. For books I like clean YA speculative fiction. My favorite movies are a little more varied, but I like movies with strong characters, humor, action, and a little bit a scariness all thrown in there (Like the Mummy and Jurassic World and Pirates of the Caribbean, to name a few). And as for music, I tend to prefer movie soundtracks and some of my favorite songs are credit songs.
How would you deal with writers block? I die, mostly. But really, it depends on the writer’s block. Sometimes, I just have to plow through it. Sometimes I can’t push through it no matter what and I have to take a break. I will save myself a lot of grief when I finally figure out how to differentiate these two types of writer’s block when they first show up.
Do you love writing even if it turns into madness? Especially when it turns into madness because when my writing starts to surprise me it becomes less of a chore and more of an adventure.
Are you planning on continuing your stories? To answer that; yes, yes, a hundred times yes. I still have a long way to go until series are finished, especially since Return to Amar and My Time in Amar are interwoven stories. Even with the books that I’ve said will be the last in the series, I start getting ideas for spin offs and novellas which will continue the stories.
And now onto the character interviews. I’m assuming that you want to do the character interviews for all of the characters. So *deep breaths* here we go…
What are your pet peeves?
Alicia: People being thick and not catching on when you are trying to tell them things.
Dante: Eugene, definitely.
Eugene: People who don’t like me.
Hector: People who don’t die no matter how hard you try to kill them. *glares at Dante*
Jane: I hate how people will judge you without even stopping to know who you are
What’s your full name and how old are you?
Alicia: Alicia Hareton. I’m fifteen.
Olivia: Olivia Linton. I’m sixteen.
Dante: Dante Carlos Alessandro Moretti III, though I’ve gone by the Huntsman for some years and Alicia always insists on calling me her imaginary friend. I’m eighteen years old.
Eugene: You can call me Eugene when you want to get my attention and that’s all you really need to know about that. I’m eighteen as well.
Hector: Hector Hofferson. I’m nineteen years old.
Jane: I’m just Jane, I don’t really know my last name. I’m sixteen.
What’s your favorite color?
Dante: You two would make an ugly bruise. Mine is gray, if you must know.
Eugene: Any color that would look good on me. Which is all of them.
Jane: Orange, but not the bright gaudy kind. The soft kind that you find in nature when the leaves are about to fall from the trees.
Alicia: I like sketching.
Dante: Reading, though I’m running out of easily accessible material.
Eugene: Stealing from people… or actually since that’s my livelihood, I’ll say playing with Chandler.
Hector: What are hobbies?
Jane: I just like to help people, so anything that would involve that.
When did the madness begin and will it end?
Alicia: I was born into it and I think the world would be a boring place without it, so I hope that it never does end.
Olivia: When my idiot cousin dragged me into the mess that was he life, and I really hope so. Preferably soon.
Dante: When I first met Alicia. Oh, probably when I die.
Eugene: When I first met Dante. Let’s not be so pessimistic, mate, I’m sure it’ll end sooner or later. How about next week?
Hector: When my uncle died and it will end when Marius finally dies.
Jane: When I entered the faerie court and met these… odd people. I pray every second that it shall.
What are you afraid of?
Alicia: Being hunted by something in the dark.
Olivia: Bees, disgusting blighters that they are.
Dante: Not having any control of my future.
Eugene: I was going to say anything that could kill me, but Alicia’s fear has merit.
Hector: Snakes. Definitely snakes.
Jane: Small dark enclosed spaces.
What haunts you?
Alicia: My past that I didn’t even know I had.
Olivia: I have a bad relationship with my mom. I’m not saying that it haunts me. I’m just saying that I have a bad relationship with my mom.
Dante: My past.
Eugene: We can’t all say our pasts here, but just so you know, it was my past.
Hector: I failed my uncle and he died.
Jane: My parents never wanted me.
I’ve decided not to answer the last question because it would have too many spoilers ;P And Marius would only answer a few of the questions:
What are your pet peeves? When people are obstinately stubborn, refusing to do what you want them to and thus foiling your well laid plans.
What’s your full name and how old are you? My name is Marius the First, I have forgotten any other names I may have had. I am seven hundred and thirty-five years old… or well, I think I am. After one has lived so many years, one ceases to keep track of them.
What’s your favorite color? I love brown, myself. Such a soft color. So enduring, you know my brown robes have always lasted longer than the more gaudy clothes that I had once worn.
Favorite hobbies? I enjoy spending my time bettering my mind.
When did the madness begin and will it end? Madness? Who said anything was madness, everything is completely under control. It is only when my plans fail when there will be madness. And it will all end when my enemy is finally dead.
Thanks for featuring me on your blog! This was really fun 😛